Nothing helps President Trump more — or tightens his hold on his base more securely — than his cozy, mutually beneficial relationship with conservative TV. Trump’s feedback loop, including cable-news coverage, and mainstream media squawking, convinces the president that he’s winning his war on media…

1. Fox News: It’s no exaggeration to say that the “Fox & Friends” anchors and commentators have become de facto policy advisers.

Axios’ Jonathan Swan wrote in October about the special hold that Fox Business anchor Lou Dobbs has on Trump, who has followed Dobbs’ business coverage going back to his CNN days. Now The Daily Beast reports that Trump “has patched in Dobbs via speakerphone to multiple meetings in the Oval Office so that he could offer his two cents.”

Swan tells me: “Trump not only watches these folks religiously but consults them by phone + views Fox judges Jeanine Pirro and Andrew Napolitano as quasi legal advisers.”